Employers universally turn to background screening to inform their hiring decisions and meet their compliance obligations. In fact, a recent HR.com survey found 96% of employers conduct at least one type of pre-employment check. Screening runs the gamut from education and professional license verification, to drug testing, and DMV records checks. Among the most frequently… Read more »
Posts Tagged: criminal records check
Did you ever wonder what’s going on in the mind and life of that person who’s washing your car or bussing your dishes? Did you ever think they might be a more capable person caught by circumstances, such as a criminal record? Blues poet, Jim Croce, got inside one of those minds in his 1974… Read more »
The future of many companies depends greatly on the quality of the new college grads they hire. Unfortunately, these young people often have very little relevant job experience, compounding the usual problems with verifying claims on resumes or checking references. Given the importance of these new hires to your company, it’s more important than ever to go beyond the resume and do the background checks to make the best possible selections.
We spend a lot of time writing and talking about the best practices for using background screening to help select the most qualified applicants for your job openings, and to evaluate employees for a change in status. But sometimes it helps to hear what NOT to do. We have observed and heard about many things… Read more »
The recent EEOC filing of race discrimination for employment practices against JB Hunt Transport, Inc., one of the largest freight companies in America, is clearly bad news for JB Hunt and those impacted by what may have been discriminatory practices. But its settlement of these charges in late June may provide a worthwhile blueprint for… Read more »
One in four adults in the United States has a criminal record. That’s a pretty startling statistic when you think about your latest applicant pool. Chances are high that you are interacting with quite a few applicants, candidates, and even employees with some type of criminal background. For some organizations, this news is startling enough… Read more »
When things go wrong in the workplace – whether violence, theft, accidents, or worse – the conversation inevitably turns to what could have been done to prevent it and what more we should have known about the people involved. This is one reason why background checks are utilized by more than 90% of corporate America… Read more »
If reality shows were held to the same EEOC standards as employers, would Simon Cowell’s reality show pass the test? British network ITV, which broadcasts the Cowell-created show “Red or Black”, decided to eliminate three contestants on basis of their criminal records. As a Reuters news article reported, ITV dropped three contestants from a current… Read more »
Mark Twain famously said “A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.” Okay, so maybe that’s a little harsh but the fact is, in the case of employment background checks, you can easily find yourself on a slippery slope when you put your trust in a cheap one. Let’s get one thing straight. MOST background… Read more »
Corporate leaders, physicians, pharmacists, and teachers are other examples of positions that carry a significant level of trust and influence over fellow employees, customers, and the public at large.
In such cases, the need for background screening extends beyond the norm.